We've still got plenty of time left in the day, and our round-up of Dwight Howard rumors for Monday is already getting a little too lengthy. So rather than keep tacking on more details to it, let's round up what we know so far right here.
According to various reports, the Magic and Nets have engaged the Cavaliers and Clippers in talks to facilitate a deal involving Howard. There are a lot of moving parts, but the framework of the proposed deal looks something like this:
- To Nets: Howard, Jason Richardson, Chris Duhon, and Earl Clark.
- To Magic: Brook Lopez, Damion James, Shelden Williams, Armon Johnson and Luke Walton, and three future first-round picks (two from Brooklyn, one from LAC).
- To Cavs: Kris Humphries, Sundiata Gaines, Quentin Richardson, a future first-round pick (from Brooklyn), and $3MM in cash.
- To Clippers: MarShon Brooks.
While some reporters' sources have classified the talks as "serious" or "getting close," it sounds like there are still plenty of obstacles, and virtually everyone agrees that nothing will get done today. The Cavs and Clippers aren't fully committed to facilitating the deal yet, and so many players involved in talks would have to be sign-and-trade pieces that if even one player is unhappy with his new contract or team, it could create a roadblock.
TNT's David Aldridge writes that the Nets and Magic are exploring other teams to facilitate the deal, and adds that Humphries' agent, Dan Fegan, has yet to even talk to the Cavs about a contract for his client. It sounds as if Cleveland isn't too eager to add Humphries on a long-term deal, but according to Chris Mannix of SI.com (via Twitter), the big forward isn't interested in a deal that's only guaranteed for one year. As such, nothing is close on the Cavs' end, says Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal (Sulia link).
If all of that's not complicated enough, we've also heard that the Nets and Magic will exchange medical info for the two major pieces in the deal — Lopez and Howard. Both players are coming off season-ending injuries, and if doctors don't like what they see with Lopez' foot or Howard's back, that could create another obstacle for the deal.
We'll continue to track the latest Howard rumors throughout the evening.